Denver and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestras Connect for Super Bow Championship
Denver/Seattle – January 30, 2014 – The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) has teamed up with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) to create the music video mashup, “Battle of the Batons: Super Bow I.” The mashup features an original arrangement of John Denver and Mike Taylor’s “Rocky Mountain High,” and Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
In less than a week, more than 40 musicians and volunteers came together from both orchestras to produce the three-minute video. The collaboration gave the arts organizations a platform to cheer on their respective NFL teams who will compete in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.
DPO Board President Jon Olafson said, “Since this is such an exciting time in both of our cities, we thought it would be fun to collaborate together on a Super Bowl project. [The mashup] is a great way for our orchestras to show support for our communities.”
“We want to let the Seahawks and Broncos know that the cultural organizations of their cities are behind them, and share in the excitement!” said SPO President Michael Moore.
Despite the orchestras’ friendly social media banter, the collaboration proves that music can rise above fierce rivalry and bring people together.
The video was produced by Ligature Creative and filmmaker David Sherman; original orchestration by Tim Olt.